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Reclaiming Mandela's Promise

Mixed Race Voices from South Africa

Since 2014, photojournalist Rushay Booysen and filmmaker Kiersten Dunbar Chace have been traveling the globe with their film and photo exhibit presentation 'Coloured: Reclaiming Mandela's Promise / Mixed Race Stories from South Africa'.


This February we will be kicking off the Critical Mixed Race Studies conference at USC in Los Angeles, CA and will be presenting at other academic institutions in California. We still have openings for a screening prior to the conference.




When you confirm your booking with us.


This two-hour presentation includes:


* A screening of the documentary film 'Word of Honour: Reclaiming Mandela's Promise' and a photo exhibit/conversation with Rushay Booysen, a photojournalist from Port Elizabeth, South Africa. 


Word of Honour: Reclaiming Mandela's Promise is a feature length documentary that illuminates the story of people questioning the fate of their mixed race/indigenous Coloured identity in the new South Africa. This is a 70 minute film. 


* Mixed Race Stories from South Africa is a photo exhibition by photographer Rushay Booysen focusing on the diverse ethnicities that encompass Coloured identity in South Africa. Rushay presents replications of his work via powerpoint or enlarged images on easels. This is a 20 minute presentation


* Free download of the book Word of Honour. 300 pages of full transcripts from all of the interviews conducted over the past 10 years by Kiersten Dunbar Chace. This book serves as a curriculum guide. 


* Free download of 10 images from photographer Rushay Booysen

Rushay Booysen is a South African photojournalist based in Port Elizabeth South Africa who has been actively involved in uplifting his community for the past 10 years through global exchanges and educational programs. His research and experience on racial identity on a local and global platform has been challenging educators worldwide on the topic of mixed race identity to include being a guest speaker at the academic conference Migrating The Black Body: Visual Arts and the African Diaspora in Hanover, Germany 2014 where he exhibited his photo exhibit 'Coloured: A portraiture of 6 million South African'. His work was also featured in Dr. Yaba Blay's book '1ne Drop' and he will be featured in the documentary film 'Word of Honour: Reclaiming Mandela's Promise' by Director Kiersten Dunbar Chace, and on CNN's program 'Inside Africa'.



In 2014, Rushay was chosen by the US Dept of State to in a professional exchange program 'Int'l Visitors Leadership Program' on behalf of South Africa. The US exchange program chose 20 hip hop artists and music professionals from various African nations to travel to Washington D.C, New York, Los Angeles and Minneapolis where they would engage, network and educate Americans about their country or community. As a result, Rushay was able to foster relationships with several American artists and brought national recording artist 'Dessa'  to Port Elizabeth on a cultural exchange tour in 2015. Rushay is also a US State Department Alumni.particpate



Other projects include:

- Hip Hop and its social role in society: Stanford University, New York University, University of Michigan, California Lutheran University 

- Manager of Swedish producer Definition Baroque 

- Assisted in compiling the first hip hop compilation between South African and Central American countries.

- Photo exhibition exhibited in the first ever African photographers exhibition in the Middle East

Kiersten Dunbar Chace, founder of Chace Studios/Mondé World Films, is a human rights activist/advocate and an award-winning indie film producer and director who for the past 21 years has focused her lens and work on South Africa. In 2009, Chace produced her first feature-length documentary film ‘I’m Not Black, I’m Coloured - Identity Crisis at the Cape of Good Hope’ which explored the legacy of apartheid from the viewpoint of the Cape Coloured people. The film won an Audience Choice award at the Africa World Documentary Film Festival (Bermuda Int'l Film Festival) and was featured at several US and International Film Festivals and Universities. In September 2014, Chace's film was one of two selected to present at the prestigious academic conference Migrating the Black Body: Visual Arts and the African Diaspora in Hanover Germany. Most recently, Kiersten was invited to be an observer at the United Nations in Geneva in September 2015 when a Shadow Report was presented/submitted to the Int'l Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination citing South Africa as being in violation of the UN CERD treaty/convention. The film was used as a supplemental neutral piece to help educate UN members on the history of the Coloured people of South Africa. 



Her second project was a short film Tami Tushie's Toys which she produced with director Melody Gilbert and a great team of filmmakers from Minnesota as part of an international competition. The film won the Audience Choice Award at Int'l Doc Challenge (Hot Docs Toronto), featured at the Minneapolis Int'l Film Festival, and appeared on the Documentary Channel. In 2011, she released the documentary 'Solveig - The Life and Artwork of Solveig Arneng Johnson' which documented the life of Saami American painter Solveig 'Sally' Johnson. Solveig was featured at several US festivals. Kiersten also consulted and filmed on the upcoming Bio-doc 'Conspiracy to Be Free: The Russell Means Story'. Her current film project working title is working title 'Word of Honour: Reclaiming Mandela's Promise' which is to be released in 2016.


Kiersten also was in the travel industry for 21 years as an Int'l Tour Director taking specialty groups to South Africa to include Open Arms of Minnesota, St. Joan of Arc Church and 4Given Ministries. She was played a liaison role between J.L. Zwane Church in 1999 & 2000 and US organizations who helped build a multi million rand community center in Gugulethu.

Critical Mixed Race Conference
USC Los Angeles
Feb 24, 2017
Migrating the Black Body:
Visual Arts and the African Diaspora
Hanover, Germany
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